ISSUE #377: Oct. 17-22, 2011


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly news letter -determined to tell all the good, bad, and the ugly. I knew some readers would be interested in the construction process. I expected others might be interested in the lifestyle of two people who had decided to live outside the box. For others, the adventures of Lita, the parrot and the cat took on an entertainment saga all its own.

Residencias Los Jardines is finished. We periodically have resales and rental availability. Some readers may be interested in this information.

More and more, the content will be dominated by events of our new project, "El Dorado" for short. While the future is always uncertain, I again aim to tell it like it happens -the good, the bad, and the ugly, and that is what follows.

Brian Timmons
Residencias Los Jardines /
Hacienda El Dorado /


Construction Log
Updates about Hacienda El Dorado

Rio Oro: There's been some interest and movement on this project... when the rains let up, we'll see what might happen.

Despite all the rain, the river continues to behave just as we have seen in the past.


Residencias Los Jardines
Property Management, Rentals, Re-Sales

Rain: Despite all the rain over the past two weeks, all our pumps and drainage systems have worked as designed.

Internet: It's been unreliable -sometimes very, very slow, sometime up for a few minutes and then down again. We're working on it but as of now, don't yet have the nut cracked... this is a system people depend on and when it goes down or becomes unreliable, it is frustrating.

Market Activity: Quiet; one looker for rentals...

Sales: TWO lookers for purchasing -we'll see if anything happens.

Rentals: Unit 112 is still available.



Unit 106B: $164,000 for sale / Price Reduced by $5,000 See Unit
Unit 115: $205,000 for sale See unit
Unit 125: $140,000 for sale / Price reduced by $10,000 See unit


Unit 112: $1,450 mo. for rent - Immediate See Unit


Site Plan-


UNIT #106B
FOR SALE $164,000
Price reduced by $5,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1270
Total area (Sq M): 115
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): Ground
Type: Apartment
Furnished: Yes

This is a fully furnished 2-bedroom unit situated in a 2-story building, which has two nits on the ground floor and two units on the 2nd. floor. Each unit is the same size 1,250sf) divided into 800 sf of interior space and 450 sf of covered front and back erraces. Floor. The solid masonry demising wall (common wall) as well as the 5" oncrete slab prevent sound transference.


UNIT #115
FOR SALE $205,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1345
Total area (Sq M): 124
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1 Story
Type: Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,345 sf single floor home includes a 200 sf private terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6” solid concrete block wall which prevents sound transfer. This is an extremely well decorated home with lots of natural wood built ins.


UNIT #125
FOR SALE $140,000

Price reduced by $10,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
Furnished: Yes

This 662 sf, + parking for one car and 33sf locker is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple —or investment property.



UNIT #112
FOR RENT $1,450 mo.

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total Area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1 Story
Type: Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car. It is attached on two sides by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.




Our Lives

WEATHER: We've had 13 days of continuous rains and have received more than the average rainfall in October -the normally rainiest month in the year- within those 13 days... and more rain is predicted to be on its way. It has not been associated with thunder or lightening -just a constant rain, hard at times, drizzly, misty at other times. In addition, the temperatures have been much cooler than normal. Many bridges and roads are affected around the country and of course, the landslides and flooding of low lying areas creates displacements for those living there -normal CR.

Cars: The purchase of the Pathfinder is progressing; the corporate books and title are now secured, Max is making the entries required, and the vendor is assigning a power of attorney present in CR. When that is done the books will have to be FEDEXed to Texas, signed, and returned. Funds will be transferred to Max's trust account and I'll take title. I'm hope all this can be done by this coming Friday... we'll see. Now the issue focuses on selling my Jeep although I'm a bit ambivalent about this since I don't want to use the new car to haul gas, dirty plants, muratic acid, bleach, oil, chairs, pumps, etc in the Pathfinder... I don't know what the solution will be but in the course of taking care of Los Jardines, I've beaten the Jeep with little compensation and no thanks...

"New" Traffic Law: The government has been working for several years to establish a comprehensive overhaul of the traffic laws. They proposed a number of very stiff -to the point of ludicrous- fines for infractions -virtually all these fines have been challenged in the constitutional court and thrown out as being too extreme. This was predicted, just like the camera fines -the government law makers don't learn and have no sense of what is "reasonable".

Brian, Lita, Hugo, irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot, Chico II and Chica II

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